By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau.
Zamfara State Government has been tasked on the need for it to formalise Social Protection (SP) concept into policies and programmes as means of moving the people from life of poverty to life of dignity.
This was the summations at a two day strategy development workshop on Advocacy Planning organised by the Save the Children International (SCI) in Gusau.
The Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser SCI Abuja, Saheed Mustafa said SP is a tool designed to reduce poverty and also to protect individuals and households from unnecessary shocks stress and risks therefore to move people out of abject poverty government needs to put in place SP programmes.
Mustafa who led the participants through various Advocacy methods tasked the participants to tap from the knowledge to carry Advocacy for SP programmes in the state.
He described the conditional cash transfer component of the Child Development Grant Programme (CDGP) implemented by the SCI in Zamfara state which closed out in July as a good type of SP programme.
Earlier, the CDGP II, Advocacy Officer, SCI Zamfara state, Nura Muhammad while presenting the CDGP overview said 46,045 women in Anka and Tsafe local government areas of the state benefited in the Cash Plus Nutrition programme aimed at reducing the malnutrition level in the state.
He added that the transparent handling of the CDGP phase one which closed out in July necessitated the CDGP phase two which was recently approved by the Department for International Development (DFID) for Zamfara and Jigawa states and to be extended to Kaduna and Kano states.
Muhammad said the CDGP phase two which will run for two years will increase its focus on system strengthening, evidence generation, advocacy and capacity building particularly on child nutrition and Social Protection.
Participants at the two day workshop were drawn from government officials,